I've been at St Andrews university two years now and I think I've thrown up in pretty much every bar in the place. St Andrews is a relatively small town but apparently its got the more pubs per square foot than any other town in Britain! St Andrews has a pretty good range of pubs too, so whatever your taste you should find something you like. There are no nightclubs in town, so you have to go to Dundee for that. The closest St Andrews has to a nightclub is the Students Union 'bop', on Thursday, Friday and saturday night. The 'bops' can be fun but they get a bit repetitive and they do tend to be meat markets, but if thats your kind of thing.... Some of the pubs can be quite pricey like The Westport - a post-modern, minimalist bar on South Street although its serves great food and really nice cocktails. If you are looking for cheap alcohol the Students Union is the place to go or an off-license and back to halls. St Andrews also has a large selection of off-licenses such as Bottoms-Up, Luvians, Victoria Wine or Oddbins. Some of the pubs are 'local' pubs and students dont tend to drink there, like The Key, Laffertys and The Whey Pat Tavern. These are more quiet pubs for the old folks. The best pub for beer in St Andrews is The Cellar/Aikmans on Bell Street, which is quite reasonably priced and has a nice atmosphere. Most pubs have an happy hour that is some time between 8 and 10 o'clock. Ma Belles on the Scores is really good for happy hour. They do great cocktail pitchers for £7.50. Drouthy Neebors is a small and friendly pub which also does good deals on cocktails. There is a nice atmosphere and the staff are friendly. Ogstons is a nice looking pub, with old fashioned decor but it gets really busy at the weekends and you can never find a seat. Theres a few others but those are the main ones. Then theres the Union...cheap and ch
eerful. If you go early enough you can grab a table but after 11 no chance and you have to fight your way to the bar.
During my 2 years I have already spent at the university of St Andrews I have come to know my way around(the pubs). With one of the highest distribution of Pubs per unit area St Andrews boasts one of the finest selection as well. Here is a sample of some of them: The Cellar bar and Aikman's The cellar as it suggests is within the cellar of Aikman's. This pub has to be one of my favourite's with a wide selection of real ales which are on a rotation system so each week a new flavour has been added to the already huge selection. The Tudor Inn Again the name gives away the theme of this Pub, It does not have quite as large a selection but the friendly atmosphere is difficult to match. The Student Union The best way to finish of a night whether it be because money is running short or you need somewhere else with a late liscense. The selection of ales is short but sweet with the more popular choices on offer as well as a wide array of special deals and spirits on hand. But these are just a few of the more than fifty pubs that greet you here in St Andrews. Cheers
It's very easy to leave St Andrews with an alcohol problem - especially if you had the start of one before you came close. Because there are no clubs, and there's really nothing to do in the town itself apart from eat and drink, getting sloshed is the most popular option. This is OK if you can control it, but if you can't, it can ruin your time here. And since alcohol is everywhere, you can never really escape. Temptation is all around. Help is available though. The GPs and the counselling service are very aware of the problem, and there's medication available to help achieve sobriety. It's called acamprosate, and it works on helping you give up the bottle if you really want to. It does nothing if you don't want to. And soft drinks are cheaper in St Andrews than booze is. Unless you're in the union. And you'd have to be pissed to drink in there, in my opinion :)
St Andrews is jam packed full of fine hostelries to enjoy the occasional ;-) sherbet at, and in the words of a prominent student politician in St Andrews, when asked whether Prince William would enjoy it in St Andrews, his reply came that there were more pubs per square foot in St Andrews than anywhere else. This review should hopefully be a comprehensive review of every single drinking establishment, although my memory may cause me to forget a few. I'll start on The Scores and work across town, street by street. 1) Station Road The Old Course Hotel, Hotel Bar With whiskies at up to 160 quid a shot, there are not many student regulars here. Mind you I once gatecrashed a black tie function here and got bought 8 double vodkas (not cheap either!) The cocktails are very good but this bar is too expensive for students to contemplate on a regular basis (i.e. £8.50 for a Kir Royale). The Jigger Great for a beer after a game of golf, and for a game of darts. Ideal too for celebrity spotting, as this is where a lot of the inmates in the Old Course Hotel pop out too for a quiet one. Madras College FP RFC bar Very cheap and good range of drinks, although this is firmly a locals' bar, although good for a few drinks if you know the barstaff, and there is a very cheesy disco most Friday and Saturday nights. 2) The Links The New Golf Club Another golfers' paradise with a fairly well subsidised bar although full of old people (not a crime I know!) The Rusacks Golf Club Only open by day but good for lunch and a pint, although it isn't a student place, having formerly been the Champions Bar. The St Andrews Golf Club Regular drinking place of the University Golf Team, with their Wednesday afternoon slot, and fairly cheap bar. 3) Golf Place McSorleys Prior to the take over by the owner of the Central, McSorleys was a f
airly empty place although it did bargain food. Got banned from here in 1997 for bad behaviour. Great for Guinness drinkers. 4) The Scores Chariots A quiet bar, mainly inhabited by the guests at the Scores Hotel, and not open very late. Good for a quiet pint and for writing an essay in. Scorecards Bar: Quiet hotel bar serving the restaurant (Alexander's) and serves cheapish drinks. Nothing to write home about. Also the hotel bar of the Scores Hotel ballroom provides a good bar for balls and dinners, where the objective is getting very drunk. Ma Bells Very popular with students and offers a great menu and is great for watching sport. Great for sunday lunch and for evenings. Mind you the place gets packed out and it can take a while to get served. Has an undeserved "Yah hole" reputation. The Russell Hotel Quiet hotel bar with great beer at reasonable prices. Great for writing essays in too! 4) North Street The OTC Mess Cheap and open often pretty late, this is invitation/OTC only but offers very cheap booze. Carnage every time I went... The Dunvegan Golfer's bar and not great although it has a good backroom for parties. Was chucked out in 1998 for ordering 49 Vodka and Cokes on a knackered switch card. Enough said... Live sport is good although not a lot else. The Homeleas Cheap toasties, cheap booze, weird lighting, but lots of boardgames to play. Ratty locals, although cheap and pleasant enough. Chucked out 1995 for theft of toilet signs. The Tudor Cheap locals pub, with none too fine beer, but late night licensing and also a great and forgiving switch machine. The Lizard Packed with students, and good for a lunch at, it is not one for the claustrophobes but a good pub for all day drinking, and of course within very easy reach of Cidsin The Ups
tairs of the Lizard Lounge and a great bar, with cocktails live music and great decor. Great place and gets pack out most nights. Broons Formerly "The Four Woods" this has changed incredibly after a re-fit. Now great for a coffee and looks pretty classy, with a good range of beers. The Castle Friendly local pub, with legendary quizes and lock-ins very popular with Sallies and Gannochy. Cheap toasties and a good mixed crowd although there are a few weirdos there! Market Street The Firkin Formerly the place to go this has been a locals favourite for the last year or so, and is about to be taken over. A great switch machine... Very forgiving toilets too! The Student Union Cheap beer, sticky floor, rank spirits. Meat market but can be good for a cheap booze sesh! The Vic Mix between locals and students and gets full Thursday and Friday night. Used to have a Yah reputation. Karaoke is a great one, and good for parties. Games room is not bad either. The Keys A Locals pub although they won't kill you upon entry. The booze is cheapish although the place is small. Not popular with students because of the reputation about "Students shot of sight" having stuck. The Central Responsible for my student debt. The Central is a popular place for students and lecturers and serves good food. Has become more of a locals pub and is good for any time of the day. One of the best, although you get slightly sneering service on occasions. The Red Reiver Opened recently beneath Café India this is a cheapish pub, with pool table and dartboard and is good for all day drinking, and it has become ever more popular. 5) Bell Street The Cellar Bar Great real ales and a good mix of town and gown, and great opening hours. Friendly barstaff and god is the Hoegaarden good! This place has been a regula
r in the CAMRA good beer guide for over a decade. Aikmans Upstairs of the Cellar Bar and great for societies functions, and also has a late license nearly every night and offers great beers and reasonably priced food. 6) South Street The Whey Pat A predominantly locals pub, and generally quite quiet this is good for a quiet beer or a coffee. Dartboard and a backroom and good beer make this quite popular with a lot of students. The Westport Done up over budget in 1998, the West Port is very popular with foreign students. Has a great beer garden in summer. Bit out of place in St Andrews, great sandwiches, overpriced restaurant. Drouthy Neighbours Mix of student and locals, and has a good cocktail happy hour. Good for a quick drink or two, and popular with footballers. However it is a sad reflection when there is a need to have a Scottish theme pub! Ogstons Massive bar with licensing problesm. Good allday solution, with good food and good parties. Gets very full although usually good fun crowd. Laffertys Irish Bar and more popular with tutors and locals, but a quality place for a quiet drink, and good for watching football. 7) Other pubs: The New Inn Popular with locals and Gatty students and does a good coffee. Has a good pool table and is good for a quiet one but a bit of a trek. The Stables Locals pub, but which doesn't kill students on entry as per popular rumour. Cheap, bizarre, do it once but not a lot to say other than that. I ordered a gin and tonic and it was very cheap, but crap.
The University of St Andrew's Student union is a great place to relax after a long hard day of studying . It has three bars offering a wide range of beers and alcopops . The main bar is large and spacious with a loud colour scheme.There is a pool area , arcade games , fruit machines and a large TV screen for showing films , Sky Tv and sports . There is a small bar in venue 1 where all the entertainments take place . Upstairs there is the Cloud 9 which has a bar and a small dance floor and life size connect four and jenga to keep you entertained . The union also has a off-sales shop which sells alcohol , junk food and soft drinks , allowing you to continue partying when you get home . It is open most evening until the bar closes . My advice to all those out there thinking of applying to st Andrew's is work hard and play hard and you'll have a great time at uni !!!!
One thing that you will quicklt notice about St Andrews , is that it's not a town in which finding an oasis is a challenge of any kind . It boasts of over 30 drinking holes that cater to a wide varitey of tastes whether you are a cocktail queen or a beer monster , i'd consider myself the latter ! In your time here you will have every opportunity to sample each more than oncce . Below are my all time favourites well worth a visit : OGSTONS - a popular bar due to a healthy mix of students and locals . A wide range of entertainments ( and cute bar staff ) with food being served both from the bar and the conservatory found at the back . ( South St ) UNION - Is the cheapest and largest bar in town . At weekends it is filled with good dance music and up to 1,000 students all drinking cheap pints , spirits and cocktails . Live bands , pool tables and acarde games are plentiful . THE VICTORIA - Good food , 2 bars and a games room . Packed at weekends with both locals and students . ( Market St ) MA BELLS - Popular with the rugby players and tourists . A good pub for a quiet drink during the week . There is an excellent beer selection and very good coffee . ( Scores) Cheers !!!